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eGenesis | Official Site
MMORPG | Genre:Historical | Status:Final  (rel 05/27/06)  | Pub:eGenesis
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A Tale in the Desert

A Tale in the Desert is a highly unique game, both in and out of the MMORPG genre. The primary focus of this MMO is on ancient Egyptian society, and dwells heavily on crafting, trading, and the day-to-day social challenges of the era. There is no combat here. Instead, players are called upon to engage in personal, group, building, research, and community 'tests', replacing traditional confrontational MMO gameplay with teamwork.


  • Tellings | Lasting an average of 18 months, a Telling is akin to a chapter of a story, or tale, to be more applicable. Normal gameplay takes place during a Telling, with global foregame, midgame, and endgame events and goals created by the players and the game's developers, eGenesis. ATITD is currently on its sixth Telling.
  • Economy | A variety of skills available for players to learn and market give the game a strong economy, dealing mainly with regional and global trade.
  • "Newbie Island" | A welcoming place for new players to start, where veteran players come to assist new players in learning the game's basics before joining in the current Telling.
  • In game Legal system | Players may create petitions to introduce a variety of laws that may directly affect the game world.
  • Tests | There are currently 56 Tests grouped under 7 Disciplines: Architecture, Art, Body, Harmony, Leadership, Thought, and Worship.


Latest Features

  • RipperX Plays in the Sandbox
  • Media created on 7/5/11
  • RipperX is at it again with his latest introductory video. This time, Ripper takes a look at the non-combat sandbox MMO, A Tale in the Desert. Watch Ripper's first steps in Ancient Egypt and listen to his thoughts about his...
  • A Tale in the Desert V Review
  • Review created on 5/6/10
  •'s Adam Tingle writes this review of the game that has gone through many tellings, but still retains its true sandbox nature, A Tale in the Desert.
  • A Walk Through the Desert
  • General Article created on 2/22/10
  • staff writer Bill Murphy recently took a walk across the sands of Egypt with A Tale in the Desert Community Manager Staci Krause. While there, he took in some of the sights of one of the genre's only non-combat...
  • Body Discipline, Part II
  • Guide created on 9/23/09
  • Krueger takes us on a guide of how to master the body discipline in A Tale in the Desert III. This is the second part of a two part article.
More A Tale in the Desert Features...
ATITD still alive ? 10/21/14 @ 12:38AM by Grunty in The Oasis (General)
NOT worth $14 5/14/14 @ 10:58AM by Starshaker in The Oasis (General)
Kickstarter for this? 9/9/13 @ 11:39AM by VGTheory in The Oasis (General)
How many still play this game? 2/11/13 @ 12:56AM by mmogamer3 in The Oasis (General)
Is there beekeeping in game? 12/12/12 @ 11:19PM by revenoff in The Oasis (General)
$13.95?? O.o 3/24/12 @ 10:53PM by Realedazed in The Oasis (General)
Great idea but very bad grafics 3/5/12 @ 10:24PM by DLangley in The Oasis (General)
Anyone currently playing? 3/4/12 @ 11:01PM by potaco in The Oasis (General)
Current State of the Game? 9/16/11 @ 5:19PM by Shadowlord10 in The Oasis (General)